Origin of Tanjavur paintings:
Thanjavur Painting has a peculiar style of painting. The paintings belonged to ancient and the miniature style of painting. The paintings flourished Thanjavur so the paintings named after the place.
The style of Tanjavur paintings has been following widely by the people in Tamilnadu for past two centuries. The painting style has a deep root in ancient times, especially during 16 to 18th centuries the Thanjavur art was patronized by Marata Princes, Vijaynagar kings and Naidus of Madurai. The Tanjavur art is still very sacred and has the deep attachment to the tradition.
Theme of Thanjavur Painting:
The themes of the Tanjavur paintings are mostly of Gods and Goddesses. During 16 to 18th century, Tanjavur and many rulers and kings constructed many striking temples, which impacted on the people in tradition and culture. So the Tanjavur artists also impressed at the devotion and the value of God and painted Gods and Goddesses. In these paintings, we can see the figures are the very round shape and divine. Most of the paintings would depict the Child Krishna and his various pranks. Paintings of other deities also created in a magnificent way by the artists. Still, the paintings have a lot of demand and the artists still following the old methods to draw the figures of deities.
Style of Thanjavur Paintings:
The artists crafted the pictures with meticulous care so the pictures are unique. The painting would be bright and colorful and seems very beautiful. The pictures are glow in the darken rooms due to their vibrant colors, dashes of gold and semi-precious stones. The paintings add beauty and culture to its surroundings. Usually, people prefer to decorate these paintings in Puja rooms in residences, arcades in major hotels and lobbies in corporate offices. These paintings also used as gift articles during the festival occasions and wedding and special occasions.
Technique of Thanjavur Paintings:
The painting subjects adopted from the Hindu mythologies but mostly used to paint the Hindu deities and saints. Lord Krishna is being the main subject to paint. Other religious themes also depicted beautifully in Tanjavur paintings. These paintings are usually made of wood and cloth canvas. The paintings have also done on wooden panel, glass paper, mica and exotic media such as ivory.